FAQs on Alliance membership

  1. What is the CHS Alliance and what does it do?
  2. What are the benefits of being a member of the CHS Alliance?
  3. Who is eligible to become a member of the CHS Alliance?
  4. What is the cost of membership of the CHS Alliance?
  5. What is the Core Humanitarian Standard?
  6. What is the relationship between the Core Humanitarian Standard and the CHS Alliance?
  7. What is the CHS Verification Scheme?
  8. Is any part of the CHS Verification Scheme mandatory for CHS Alliance members?
  9. Are there any further requirements of membership?

 

  1. What is the CHS Alliance and what does it do?

The CHS Alliance was formed by the merger of HAP and People In Aid. The Alliance has vast expertise in the provision of services relating to quality, accountability and people management to members and partners in the humanitarian and development sectors. We have found that a mix of policy support, technical assistance, training and other capacity strengthening initiatives works best to meet the needs of individuals and diverse organisations.

Specifically we work in the following areas (click on each for more information)

  1. What are the benefits of being a member of the CHS Alliance?

There are numerous benefits to becoming a member of the CHS Alliance. Becoming part of a community of organisations putting the voices of affected populations at the heart of what they do means that your organisation will be joining a global movement calling for improvements in quality, accountability and people management. For more about membership benefits, please visit our benefits of membership page.

  1. Who is eligible to become a member of the CHS Alliance?

Alliance membership is open to any organisation working on issues relating to humanitarian or development work. A full list of eligibility criteria can be found on our pages regarding full and associate membership.

  1. What is the cost of membership of the CHS Alliance?

Membership fees for the CHS Alliance are graded based on both membership category (full or associate) and the annual income of the organisation applying for membership. More details about membership fees can be found on our pages regarding full and associate membership.

  1. What is the Core Humanitarian Standard?

The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) sets out Nine Commitments that organisations and individuals involved in humanitarian response can use to improve the quality and effectiveness of the assistance they provide. It also facilitates greater accountability to communities and people affected by crisis: knowing what humanitarian organisations have committed to will enable them to hold those organisations to account.

As a core standard, the CHS describes the essential elements of principled, accountable and high-quality humanitarian action. Humanitarian organisations may use it as a voluntary code with which to align their own internal procedures. It can also be used as a basis for verification of performance. It is available in a variety of languages, all of which can be downloaded for free The Standard page of the CHS website.

  1. What is the relationship between the Core Humanitarian Standard and the CHS Alliance?

The CHS Alliance, along with the Sphere Project and Groupe URD, led the development of the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS), which replaced the HAP Standard and the People In Aid Code of Good Practice when it was launched in 2014. The Alliance provides a number of key services to its members, and the sector as a whole, with regard to the CHS, including:

  • Leading and facilitating the promotion and maintenance of the CHS.
  • Managing the development, promotion and maintenance of the CHS monitoring, reporting and verification framework and related verification scheme.
  • Providing a way for organisations to formally commit to the CHS and to organisational monitoring and verification of the Standard.
  • Providing capacity strengthening services for organisations applying the CHS
  • Providing research, policy, and advocacy support linked to the application and verification of the CHS
  • Providing support to the sector on all topics covered by the CHS, on quality, accountability and people management.

The CHS Alliance has an extensive online resource library of documents and tools related to the application of the Core Humanitarian Standard.  

  1. What is the CHS Verification Scheme?

The Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) is a voluntary and measurable standard, which means its application can be objectively assessed. The CHS Verification Scheme allows organisations to measure the extent to which they have successfully applied the CHS requirements, and allows them, if they so wish, to demonstrate that they have done so.

The CHS Verification Scheme, developed and managed by the CHS Alliance, is a structured, systematic process that can be undertaken in a variety of ways to suit organisations of different sizes, structures and levels of advancement in the application of the CHS. It sets out the rules and procedures of verification to ensure the process is conducted in a fair and consistent manner for all participating organisations.

There are four options for verification as follows:

  1. Is any part of the CHS Verification Scheme mandatory for CHS Alliance members?

While certification and independent verification might be the goal of some organisations, the only requirement for members of the CHS Alliance is that they undertake a self-assessment within two years of joining the Alliance. Please note: independent verification and certification are not requirements for membership of the CHS Alliance.

You can find out more about self-assessment and download the tools to undertake this on our self-assessment webpage. The Alliance also offers a range of capacity development courses and other capacity strengthening support for members and other stakeholders, more information about which can be found at: https://www.chsalliance.org/what-we-do

  1. Are there any further requirements of membership?

All membership requirements can be found on our pages regarding full and associate membership.